There are 5 important attributes you need to focus on when creating a life and business you love but most business owners and entrepreneurs focus only on two; business and leadership. The other three are very important but most people miss them or never even speak about them! 

If you’re looking to create your own version of excellence, one that embodies a business you love, becoming a great leader as a former pro athlete, or a combination of many things — follow these 5 areas of focus. I’ll be sharing more throughout the month, so make sure to subscribe at the top or email me with questions.

  1. Yourself: Pause! And to not be so eager to get your own agenda or point across.
  2. Leadership: Nobody has more expertise in being me than I do.
  3. Business: Business is a creative expression of love – find what truly brings you joy and freedom and express it creatively in your business.
  4. Spirituality: Trust your knowing and surrender all beliefs to it.
  5. Creation: Create. Then create more. Set a date and flow. Create and share your creations.

I’m going to speak about these slightly out of this order, and today let’s focus on number 4.

Why do I focus on spirituality? In simple terms, it is the source of joy, peace, and freedom. Spirituality is an essential part of ourselves and understanding it, like understanding the function of our mind and body is crucial to success, performance, leadership, and income! 

To run a successful business you LOVE, you need to be a great leader.

To be a great leader who inspires others you need to understand yourself and overcome your fears, self-doubt, and judgment.

And you cannot do that without understanding your true nature. Your true nature is not physical so we commonly use the word spiritual.

Some of the best sports coaches and most influential leaders and entrepreneurs in history have a deep spiritual connection and understanding. And not only that, they brought it into their teams and organizations.

Phil Jackson and John Wooden are some of the most rewarded coaches in sports history.

Rosa Parks, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Mahatma Gandhi are some of the most influential leaders of our time.

And even Steve Jobs, one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs to our technological age, was known to travel to India and read the Bhagavad Gita — an ancient philosophical and spiritual text on knowledge, action, and love.

“To this day I believe we are here on planet earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.” — Rosa Parks  

Spirituality – Trust your knowing and surrender all beliefs to it.

There is no such thing as limiting belief, belief is limiting at its core.

Think of a belief as a physical object. The more solid it is, the more energy you spend on forming it, and the more energy you’ll eventually spend on deforming it. And in that process, you spend a lot of energy maintaining it.

We all have a sense of inner-knowing. Some kind of a compass deep inside of us that guides us in the right direction. Have you felt that before? Often expressed as “leading with your heart.”

And if we all have that, what makes us choose differently to that knowing at times? Beliefs! Which are a result of social and cultural conditioning, external pressure, childhood experiences, friends, family, and really any environment we are in.

The mind develops beliefs when it has a gap in knowing or understanding reality because the mind is terrified of the unknown. 

More accurately, it is the unrealized mind that is terrified of the unknown. So it always seeks to create certainty and if it cannot, it develops a belief.

The unrealized mind travels every day to other places…
It seeks fulfillment in experiences, yet is never fulfilled by any experience. 
It tries to forget the past and by doing so, bring it into the present.
It desires to know the future, yet live in uncertainty by the desire to know. 
It seeks freedom in accumulation, yet develops dependency upon the accumulated. 
The unrealized self is so worried about its health that it never experiences well being.
And it is so fearful of death that it never fully lives.

My first indication when someone starts a sentence with “I believe…” is that they actually do not know, from that inner knowing, what they are about to say about their belief. 

When I inquire with people about their beliefs, whether perceived as “limiting” or “empowering” beliefs, I often ask them the following question: Do you believe water is wet, or do you know the wetness of water?

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Can you imagine describing the wetness of water without ever having the direct experience of being wet?

Let’s assume for a moment you have never been in the water and never experienced feeling wet, though you’ll still need to describe it.

How would you describe it?

Your description may follow because you read about it, because someone told you about it, or because most people think that it exists. It’s all based on intellectual information, not direct experience.

Now, let’s say the opposite. You have read, heard, and learned to believe that water is not wet. 

Yet, one day, you harness your courage and decide to jump right in the water despite the opposing beliefs.

Suddenly you discover a unique and almost unexplained experience of the wetness of water. At that very moment, all beliefs dissolve into the direct experience– knowing the wetness of water. 

From that moment on, whatever anyone else or any scientific study will claim, no one will make you believe otherwise because, well, you do not have a belief about it; you had direct experience with it.

Belief is limited in its essence because it’s developed by the mind, separate from the direct experience. Therefore, the nature of beliefs, like any concept of mind, is to change for the rest of human existence. And thus, beliefs cannot, and never will, be the truth.

Beliefs are an energy-draining system because they need to be developed, fed, and maintained over a long period and require us to hold on to a mental, thought-based concept.

Knowing is effortless. It happens in an instant and is beyond thought. Many people struggle with over-thinking but what would it be like to live beyond your thoughts?

Same as any physical object, the nature of belief is to change (often break) and eventually dissolve, regardless of how solid it is. It is the same way that the nature of thoughts and emotions is to change. So belief, any belief is limiting at its core and unnecessary.

Knowing is a direct experience. 
Belief is developed by thought. 
Direct experience is undoubted. 
Thoughts are illusory.
Knowing makes us happy and free.
Beliefs make us fight for our righteousness. 
Trust your knowing and surrender all beliefs to it.

How will you cultivate direct experience?

What practices will you use?

What questions will you ask yourself?

I’m here to support you if this is something you want to experience. I have one spot open until the rest of the year for anyone curious about developing trust great to all beliefs and creating endless possibilities in their life and business. 

With heart,

Gil·ad (eternal-joy)